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Research

Psychology is defined as the scientific study of behavior and mental processes, and this means that scientific research is at the core of our discipline.

The IUPUI Psychology Department is one of only 5% of all the psychology departments in the United States that exists within a school of science with biology, chemistry, physics, geology, mathematics, and computer science. Most other psychology departments are in schools of liberal arts or liberal arts and sciences.

The department has established the Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) Center and collaborative partnerships with units across campus as well as with organizations in the community. As early as their freshman year, our undergraduates are able to participate in research with renowned faculty. No other program provides the cross-disciplinary research and learning environment that IUPUI offers our students.

Research areas and active awards

Current research is being undertaken in the following areas. You'll also see a current research awards list.

Addiction Neuroscience

  • Faculty interest and program emphasis are in psychopharmacology and neurochemistry of alcohol and drugs of abuse, the behavioral genetics of alcohol abuse, behavioral and neurobiological consequences of developmental exposure to drugs of abuse, and use of animal models in drug abuse research. 
  • The program has established collaborative partnerships with the following units across campus as well as with organizations in the community. As early as their freshman year, our undergraduates are able to participate in research with renowned faculty. No other program provides the cross-disciplinary research and learning environment that IUPUI offers our students.  

Research faculty

  • Stephen L. Boehm, II, Ph.D.
    • Work in Dr. Boehm's lab seeks to understand how developmental and genetic factors influence loss of control over alcohol intake, or binge drinking. His research uses mice of different developmental and genetic backgrounds to ask mechanistic questions about the complex relationships between brain and behavior.
  • Cristine L. Czachowski, Ph.D.
    • Dr. Czachowski's research uses an animal model to better understand the processes by which humans regulate alcohol consumption. Currently, she is working with a model that closely approximates human alcohol-drinking: from the onset of a "drinking episode" which starts with the purchase of a bottle or the entering of a bar, to the termination of that particular drinking binge.
  • Charles R. Goodlett, Ph.D.
    • Dr. Goodlett studies the effects of exposure to alcohol during critical periods of brain development. His goals are to understand the factors that determine the type and extent of brain damage-and associated behavioral dysfunction-and to identify treatments that may rehabilitate or protect against prenatal alcohol-induced brain damage (i.e., fetal alcohol syndrome).
  • Nicholas J. Grahame, Ph.D.
    • Dr. Grahame seeks to understand genetic influences on behavior, specializing in alcoholism. Using animal models, he studies why some individuals prefer alcohol while others avoid it.
  • Christopher C. Lapish, Ph.D.
    • The primary focus of Dr. Lapish's research is to understand the neurophsyiological basis of cognition and explore potential procognitive treatment vectors for disorders such as schizophrenia and addiction.
  • Marian Logrip, Ph.D.
    • Dr. Logrip's lab studies sex differences in the brain and how it adapts to stress and alcohol. We look for differences in the brain circuits of male and female rodents to understand what neural processes support the development of mental illnesses like anxiety and alcohol use disorders.
  • Bethany Neal-Beliveau, Ph.D.
    • Dr. Neal-Beliveau's basic areas of research are developmental psychobiology and psychopharmacology. She is currently examining the effects of early insults (i.e., drugs of abuse, lesions, and stress) on the development of brain dopamine system, using both behavioral and neuro-chemical methods.

Affiliated research areas and related faculty:

Behavioral & Addiction Neuroscience
  • Richard Bell
  • Stephen L Boehm II
  • Cristine Czachowski
  • Janice C Froehlich
  • Charles R Goodlett
  • Nicholas J Grahame
  • Christopher C. Lapish
  • Marian L. Logrip
  • Bethany Neal-Beliveau
  • Rob Stewart
Cellular & Molecular
  • Simon Atkinson
  • A.J. Baucum
  • Teri Belecky-Adams
  • John J. Bright
  • Nick Brustovetsky
  • Jinhui Chen
  • Ellen Chernoff
  • Eri Hashino
  • Andy Hudmon
  • Kathy Jones
  • Ruben Vidal
  • Fletcher White
  • Zao Xu
  • Xin Zhang
  • Feng C. Zhou
Clinical Neuroscience
  • Melissa A Cyders
  • Janice C Froehlich
  • David A. Kareken
  • Andy Saykin
  • Karmen K Yoder
Developmental Neurobiology
  • Teri Belecky-Adams
  • Nicolas F Berbari
  • Stephen L Boehm II
  • John J. Bright
  • Nick Brustovetsky
  • Jinhui Chen
  • Ellen Chernoff
  • Charles R Goodlett
  • James A Marrs
  • Benjamin J Perrin
  • Simon J. Rhodes
  • Randall J. Roper
  • David Skalnik
  • Xin Zhang
  • Feng C. Zhou
Mathematical & Computational Neuroscience
  • Giovanna Guidoboni
  • Alexey Kuznetsov
  • Christopher C. Lapish
  • Leonid Rubchinsky
Neuroimmunology
  • John J. Bright
Neurophysiology
  • Grant Nicol
  • John H. Schild
  • Zao Xu
 

Applied Social and Organizational Psychology

The Ph.D. program in Applied Social and Organizational Psychology (ASOP) will train researchers and practitioners to address societal and organizational issues using theories and methods from Social and Industrial/Organizational (I/O) Psychology. Through an innovative concentration in Diversity Science, the ASOP program will prepare graduates for the challenges associated with today's increasingly global and diverse workforce. 

Researchers:

  • Leslie Ashburn-Nardo, Ph.D.

    • Dr. Ashburn-Nardo studies stereotyping and prejudice-particularly biases over which people have little conscious control. More specifically, she's interested in the origins of such biases, the impact of stereotypes and prejudice on members of stigmatized groups, and ways in which people can become aware of and reduce their biases.

  • Dennis Devine, Ph.D.

    • Dr. Devine investigates what makes work teams effective so that their performances can be improved and how juries reach their verdicts so that improvements can be made in the way they are used in our legal system.

  • Alex Lindsey, PhD 

    • Dr. Lindsey's program of research investigates fair and equitable solutions to mitigate diversity-related challenges such as prejudice and discrimination in the workplace.  

  • Eva Pietri, Ph.D.

    • Dr. Pietri's investigates how basic processes in social cognition and attitudes influence a variety of domains that are pertinent to real world issues. One line of research addresses negative beliefs directed at women in the sciences. Another line of research explores how individuals' general proclivities regarding the weighting of positive and negative information relate to their judgments and behaviors.

  • Peggy Stockdale Ph.D.

    • Dr. Stockdale is a leading expert in employment justice and gender issues in the workplace, primarily sex discrimination and sexual harassment.

  • Jane Williams, Ph.D.

    • Dr. Williams studies how performance feedback, self-evaluation, and multi-source feedback systems can positively influence employee development.

Clinical psychology

Our Clinical program has two areas of specialization:

Clinical Health Psychology

Clinical health psychology is both an applied and a basic science, traditionally focusing on four areas: (1) health promotion and maintenance, (2) prevention and treatment, (3) etiology and correlates of health, illness, and dysfunction, and (4) the health care system and the formulation of health care policy.

Researchers: 

  • Melissa Cyders, Ph.D.
    • My primary research area is the role of emotional experiences in risk processes for a wide range of maladaptive health behaviors, including alcohol use, drug use, gambling, risky sexual practices, sexting, and eating disorders.
  • Adam Hirsh, Ph.D.
    • My lab conducts research on the biopsychosocial aspects of pain and functioning in humans. In one line of research, we use virtual human technology to investigate how providers make pain assessment and treatment decisions. In this work, we are particularly interested in examining the mechanisms that underlie disparities in pain care. A second line of our research focuses on pain and functioning in individuals with chronic pain secondary to a neurological disorder (e.g., spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis). Our third line of research examines how psychological constructs, such as pain-related fear and catastrophizing, influence the experience of pain. This work often involves using experimental stimuli to induce pain in healthy and clinical populations. We are a multidisciplinary laboratory and collaborate frequently with colleagues in Medicine, Nursing, Communication Science, Informatics, and Social Psychology.
  • Catherine Mosher, Ph.D.
    • My current research falls into two general areas of behavioral oncology. One line of research focuses on the development and evaluation of interventions to reduce negative psychological and physical sequelae (e.g., distress, pain, fatigue) following a cancer diagnosis. For example, I have recently studied the health effects of written emotional disclosure for women with metastatic breast cancer (F32CA130600, PI: Mosher). My colleagues and I are also examining the impact of cognitive-behavioral therapy on posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms in bone marrow and stem cell transplant survivors and potential mechanisms underlying the positive effects of this therapy (R01CA093609, PI: William Redd). My second research area concerns the development and evaluation of interventions to reduce family caregiver burden in cancer care. We are currently assessing the psychosocial and practical needs, barriers to psychosocial service use, and psychosocial service preferences of primary family caregivers of lung cancer patients (R03CA139862, PI: Mosher). Results from this research will inform conceptual models of psychosocial service use and the development of more feasible and accessible interventions for lung cancer patients' caregivers.
  • Kevin Rand, Ph.D.
    • Currently, my research is focused on cancer populations, particularly patients with advanced cancer who may be near the end of life. I am interested in understanding how these patients cope with their illness and how these coping efforts influence psychological adjustment (especially symptoms of depression and anxiety) and future treatment decisions. I am a core faculty member of the RESPECT center, which is a collaborative, interdisciplinary group of researchers and clinicians who are interested in the science of palliative and end-of-life care across the lifespan. More generally, I investigate how people think about and pursue goals in their lives and how these goal pursuits influence people's mental and physical health.
  • Jesse Stewart, Ph.D.
    • I conduct research examining the influence of negative emotions (e.g., depression, anxiety, and hostility/anger) on the development of cardiovascular diseases, such as heart disease and hypertension. I also investigate the role of cardiovascular responses to stress in the development of cardiovascular diseases.
  • Tamika Zapolski, Ph.D.
    • My primary research focus is on understanding important factors related to risk of drug use among youth and developing interventions to help mitigate risk for future use among youth. Although many of the findings based on the research from my lab are universal, applicable across ethnic groups, I do pay particular focus on understanding cultural factors that are influential in elevating risk of drug use among African American youth.

Severe Mental Illness

Severe Mental Illness researchers study risk factors, early identification, and interventions for individuals with severe psychiatric disorders (such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder) and who have ongoing problems in community functioning. Psychiatric rehabilitation refers to a set of practices aimed at assisting such individuals to achieve personal life goals and full integration into the community. 

Researchers:

  • John McGrew, Ph.D.
    • I investigate how clinical interventions and public mental health organizations can support persons with mental illness in their home and communities and help them achieve important life goals (e.g., work, better relationships).
  • Kyle S. Minor, Ph.D.
    • My laboratory focuses on identifying clinical risk markers of psychosis and implementing interventions for individuals at risk for or diagnosed with Schizophrenia-spectrum disorders.
  • Michelle P. Salyers, Ph.D.
    • I study interventions that can help people with severe mental illnesses recover a meaningful life in the community, for example, learning to take care of themselves more independently and pursue goals that are important to them.  I also help mental health workers learn more effective ways to work with people with severe mental illness.

Affiliated Researchers:

  • Marina Kukla, Ph.D.
    • I study psychiatric rehabilitation practices that assist people with severe mental illness to find and keep work in the community and better their lives.  I am also interested in cognitive behavioral interventions that may be used alongside evidence-based psychiatric rehabilitation services to improve consumer outcomes.
  • Paul Lysaker, Ph.D.
    • I study barriers to recovery for persons with severe mental illness and the development of a recovery focused form of individual psychotherapy. I am very interested in meta-cognition and how to enhance this important aspect of people's lives.
  • Alan McGuire, Ph.D.
    • I study the dissemination and implementation of evidence-based psychosocial interventions for people with severe mental illness. In other words, I am interested in making sure that people with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and other mental illnesses get treatments that we know work. To this end, I study ways to measure successful implementation, and ways to change organizational and programmatic factors that may lead to better implementation. I am also interested in how building treatment around a person's goals may make services more effective and satisfying.
  • Angela Rollins, Ph.D.
    • I study the implementation of evidence-based practices including the best ways to conduct fidelity measurement.  I am also interested in recovery-oriented mental health practice and community mental health workforce issues such as reducing burnout.

Industrial/Organizational psychology

Industrial/Organizational Psychology is a scientist-practitioner discipline within Psychology dealing with human behavior in the workplace.

Researchers:

  • Leslie Ashburn-Nardo, Ph.D.

    • Dr. Ashburn-Nardo studies stereotyping and prejudice-particularly biases over which people have little conscious control. More specifically, she's interested in the origins of such biases, the impact of stereotypes and prejudice on members of stigmatized groups, and ways in which people can become aware of and reduce their biases.

  • Dennis Devine, Ph.D.

    • Dr. Devine investigates what makes work teams effective so that their performances can be improved and how juries reach their verdicts so that improvements can be made in the way they are used in our legal system.

  • Alex Lindsey, PhD 
    • Dr. Lindsey's program of research investigates fair and equitable solutions to mitigate diversity-related challenges such as prejudice and discrimination in the workplace.  
  • Eva Pietri, Ph.D.

    • Dr. Pietri's investigates how basic processes in social cognition and attitudes influence a variety of domains that are pertinent to real world issues. One line of research addresses negative beliefs directed at women in the sciences. Another line of research explores how individuals' general proclivities regarding the weighting of positive and negative information relate to their judgments and behaviors.

  • Peggy Stockdale Ph.D.

    • Dr. Stockdale is a leading expert in employment justice and gender issues in the workplace, primarily sex discrimination and sexual harassment.

  • Jane Williams, Ph.D.

    • Dr. Williams studies how performance feedback, self-evaluation, and multi-source feedback systems can positively influence employee development.

IUPUI School of Psychology research awards






 
Principal Investigator Sponsor Name Title Start
Date
End Date
Boehm, Stephen L CTSI Insulin Resistance Determinants of Cognitive/Behavioral Abnormalities 9/1/2017 8/31/2019
Boehm, Stephen L CTSI Translational Adolescent Annabis Use Research Center 9/1/2015 8/31/2018
Czachowski, Cristine Lynn NIH-NIAAA Training Grant on Genetic Aspects of Alcoholism 6/1/2017 5/31/2021
Eliacin, Johanne IND STATE DEPT HLTH Health disparities in traumatic brain injury: Assessing racial and geographical differences in utilization of health care services for TBI in Indiana from 2004 ? 2013. 7/1/2016 6/30/2018
Garabrant, Jennifer Mae US VETERANS AFFAIRS Recovery-oriented Acute INpatient Mental Healthcare (RAIN-MH) National Survey 4/1/2017 3/30/2018
Henry, Nancy H US VETERANS AFFAIRS Recovery-oriented Acute INpatient Mental Healthcare (RAIN-MH) National Survey 4/1/2017 3/31/2018
Hershberger, Alexandra Raemin NIH-NIAAA The Effects of Electronic Cigarette Use on Alcohol Consumption: A Neurocognitive and Behavioral Investigation 6/1/2017 5/31/2018
Hirsh, Adam Todd NIH-NIMHD Virtual Perspective-Taking to Reduce Race and SES Disparities in Pain Care 4/1/2017 3/31/2019
Lapish, Christopher C. CTSI Sex Differences of Prefrontal Cortex in Male and Female Rats 9/1/2017 8/31/2019
Lapish, Christopher C. NIH-NIAAA Prefrontal cortex regulation of ethanol-reinforced behavior 4/1/2017 3/31/2020
Linsenbardt, David Nathaniel NIH-NIAAA Repeated Binge Drinking and the Genetic Regulation of Corticostriatal Synchrony 9/1/2017 8/31/2019
Logrip, Marian L NIH-NIAAA Sex differences in stress-alcohol interactions modulating amygdala activity 8/1/2017 7/31/2018
Logrip, Marian L BRAIN BEHAV RES FDN Sex differences in amygdaloseptal circuitry in stress-related psychiatric disorders 1/15/2017 1/14/2019
McGrew, John H. UNIV KY RESEARCH FDN BREATHE: A Burnout Intervention for Special Education Teachers 7/1/2017 6/30/2018
McGuire, Alan Benjamin NIH-NIMH Illness Management and Recovery Treatment Integrity Scale Validation and Leadership Intervention Development (IT-IS VALID) 9/1/2015 2/28/2018
McGuire, Alan Benjamin US VETERANS AFFAIRS Evaluation of Recovery-oriented Acute INpatient Mental Healthcare (RAIN-MH) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Chronic Pain: do Modifications Affect Veterans for implementtioN (CBT-CP MAVEN) 9/1/2017 8/31/2018
Minor, Kyle Stuart AM PSYCHOLOGICAL FDN Targeting Social Impairment in Serious Mental Illness by Linking Portable Technology with Psychosocial Therapy 3/8/2017 3/7/2019
Mosher, Catherine Esther NIH-NCI Telephone Symptom Management for Advanced Lung Cancer Patients and Caregivers 8/1/2017 7/31/2018
Mosher, Catherine Esther WALTHER CANCER FDN Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Symptom Interference in Metastatic Breast Cancer Patients 7/1/2016 6/30/2019
Mosher, Catherine Esther NIH-NCI Research and Training for Behavioral Oncology Interventions 5/1/2014 4/30/2019
Pietri, Evava SPENCER FDN A social psychological perspective to understanding and addressing the unique challenges of women of color in science and math educational settings 10/1/2016 3/31/2018
Salyers, Michelle Pensec CTSI Addressing provider burnout and strengthening social networks 6/28/2016 6/30/2018
Salyers, Michelle Pensec US VETERANS AFFAIRS Angie Rollins:  Comparison of Fidelity Assessment Methods (COFAM)Angie Rollins: BREATHE 4/1/2017 3/31/2018
Salyers, Michelle Pensec NIH-NIMH BREATHE-OUT Burnout Reduction: Enhanced Awareness, Tools, Handouts, and Education-Organizational Understanding and Training 8/1/2016 1/31/2018
Salyers, Michelle Pensec AM PSYCHOLOGICAL FDN Mobile Enhancement of Motivation in Schizophrenia: A Pilot trial of a Personalized Text Message Intervention for Motivation Deficits 12/1/2016 11/30/2017
Salyers, Michelle Pensec ESKENAZI HEALTH Pilot Study for Adolescents with Depression in Primary Care 7/1/2017 6/30/2019
Shimp, Dawn Hope US VETERANS AFFAIRS Recovery-oriented Acute INpatient Mental Healthcare (RAIN-MH) National Survey 4/1/2017 3/31/2018
Stewart, Jesse NIH-NHLBI Modernized Collaborative Care to Reduce the Excess CVD Risk of Depressed Patients 4/1/2017 3/31/2020
Stewart, Jesse NIH-NHLBI HIV, Depression, and Cardiovascular Risk 9/1/2014 8/31/2018
Zapolski, Tamika C PSI CHI NATIONAL OFFICE Race-Based Stress, Self-Compassion, Psychological Distress, and Substance Use Among College-Age African Americans 7/1/2017 6/30/2018

Alumna helps people with psychiatric disabilities live successful lives

Sandra Resnick 2001 and 1998 Alumna, Ph.D. and M.S. Clinical Rehabilitation Psychology